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  • The U.S. Agriculture Department, which oversees the Forest Service, is spending more than $150 million a week beating back several dozen blazes, he said. Senator Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat who is co-sponsor of a bipartisan bill that would assign national disaster status to the largest 1 to 2 percent of wildfires, freeing up emergency funding and preventing...

  • New Orleans' tourism booms 10 years after Katrina Friday, 28 Aug 2015 | 3:14 PM ET
    Revelers party in the French Quarter on Mardi Gras Day, March 4, 2014 in New Orleans.

    Hurricane Katrina may have washed away New Orleans' booming tourism sector, but 10 years later, the city's hospitality industry is standing strong.

  • BOISE, Idaho— The U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved a potato genetically engineered by Idaho- based J.R. Simplot Co. to resist the pathogen that caused the Irish potato famine and that still damages crops around the world. The USDA made the announcement Friday on its website. The Russet Burbank variety the USDA approved is the second generation of...

  • MAGNITUDE 5.3 EARTHQUAKE STRIKES 213 KM SOUTH-EAST OF IWO JIMA, JAPAN- USGS.

  • MIAMI, Aug 28- Tropical Storm Erika lashed Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands with heavy rain and fierce winds on Friday, moving across the Caribbean and apparently heading for the Dominican Republic, northern Haiti and eventually South Florida, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said. The greatest risk was heavy rainfall over northern Haiti and the Dominican...

  • Katrina: Ten years later Friday, 28 Aug 2015 | 6:32 AM ET
    Katrina: Ten years later

    CNBC's Scott Cohn takes a look back at Hurricane Katrina - the costliest disaster in U.S. history - and assess the decade-long recovery in New Orleans.

  • Erika batters Caribbean; Florida, Bahamas on alert Friday, 28 Aug 2015 | 5:28 AM ET
    Debris covers a road after heavy rains from Tropical Storm Erika hit the Caribbean island of Dominica in this picture from Robert Tonge, Dominican Minister for Tourism and Urban Renewal, taken August 27, 2015.

    Tropical Storm Erika lashed Puerto Rico with heavy rains and wind after killing 4 and causing devastating floods in eastern Dominica.

  • 4 disaster risks for small businesses Thursday, 27 Aug 2015 | 2:52 PM ET
    Risk

    With hurricane season off to a record start, is your small business equipped to handle the next major storm?

  • Are small businesses prepared for natural disasters? Thursday, 27 Aug 2015 | 8:50 AM ET
    A man shovels snow from a street during a snow storm in Burlington, Vermont.

    25-20% of small businesses won't reopen after a storm. So what are the biggest risk factors and how can small businesses be better prepared?

  • The economy as measured by gross domestic product expanded at an annual rate of 3.7 percent in the April-June quarter, the Commerce Department reported Thursday. There's been a lot of reports in the news, stock markets swinging, worries about China and about Europe, "Obama said during a tour of New Orleans to see rebuilding efforts since Hurricane Katrina 10...

  • MIAMI, Aug 26- A tropical storm watch was extended to the Dominican Republic and the Bahamas on Wednesday as Erika, the fifth named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season, closed in on the Eastern Caribbean and appeared to be heading for Florida, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said. Erika strengthened slightly on Wednesday and could reach hurricane status...

  • MIAMI, Aug 26- Tropical storm warnings were in effect on Wednesday for Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands as Erika, the fifth named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season, closed in on the Eastern Caribbean and appeared to be heading for Florida, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said. Erika strengthened slightly overnight and could reach hurricane status over...

  • The nasty truth about stopping '100-year storms' Wednesday, 26 Aug 2015 | 11:29 AM ET
    The reinforced levee stands in the Lower Ninth Ward, on July 22, 2015, in New Orleans.

    The New Orleans levees are better than they were when Katrina struck, but preparing for hurricanes is riddled with uncertainty.

  • WARSAW, Poland— Poland will pay more than 500 million zlotys in compensation to the thousands of farmers who have lost crops and fodder because of drought and unusually high temperatures, the agriculture minister said Tuesday. That brought river and groundwater levels down and restricted navigation on Europe's second largest river, the Danube in Romania, and...

  • NEW ORLEANS— With the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina approaching, Wal-Mart is announcing a $25 million, five-year commitment to support disaster recovery efforts around the world. The corporation and its charitable foundation announced the plans Friday in New Orleans, part of more than a week's worth of observances in the city and along the Gulf Coast.

  • *Experts says China has regulations, not always enforced. HONG KONG/ SHANGHAI, Aug 21- Several warnings preceded the deadly blasts at the Chinese port of Tianjin, including a state-backed research paper highlighting the risk of "grave accidents and casualties" in the chemicals sector and an explosion in another city blamed on lax safety controls.

  • Magnitude 4.0 earthquake near San Francisco Monday, 17 Aug 2015 | 10:47 AM ET
    The San Francisco Bay Area attracts some of the nation's top technology talent.

    The U.S. Geological Survey said the earthquake struck a mile north of Piedmont, California, at 6:49 a.m. PDT.

  • *Legal woes cloud restart of Japan's nuclear industry. IWAKI, Japan, Aug 17- Four and a half years after the Fukushima disaster, and as Japan tentatively restarts nuclear power elsewhere, the legal challenges are mounting for the crippled plant's operator. Rather, the cases could further increase opposition to nuclear restarts- which consistently beats support...

  • *Legal woes cloud restart of Japan's nuclear industry. IWAKI, Japan, Aug 17- Four and a half years after the Fukushima disaster, and as Japan tentatively restarts nuclear power elsewhere, the legal challenges are mounting for the crippled plant's operator. Rather, the cases could further increase opposition to nuclear restarts- which consistently beats support...

  • The universe is dying—but you shouldn't panic yet Saturday, 15 Aug 2015 | 12:00 PM ET
    Big Bang Theory

    A new study confirmed something researchers have suspected for decades: The stars that populate our universe are burning themselves out.